Winter Wellness: B is for Broccoli

Broccoli is packed with antioxidants. Photo / Thinkstock
Broccoli is packed with antioxidants. Photo / Thinkstock

What the A to Z of winter wellness is all about

When the chill factor drops our focus on good health often drifts. Not only are we more susceptible to nasty winter lurgies, but the temptation to hibernate can mean less moving and not as much focus on the right food for optimal health. In a bid to stay focused (or re-focus) this winter, we've called on the smarts of holistic health expert, Dr Libby Weaver to help compile our interactive A to Z of Winter Wellness. Each weekday we will reveal the next letter and what it stands for in our health file, plus informative graphics and recipe suggestions to help boost your health. Check in to Life & Style every afternoon for your winter wellness inspiration.

- Nicky Park, Life & Style Editor

B | Broccoli by Dr Libby Weaver

"Broccoli is a superstar among green vegetables and an undisputed nutritional champion.

Besides adding flavour to our meals, broccoli is packed with antioxidants, which may help lower the risk of cancer and coronary heart disease.It is also rich in vitamins C and K, folic acid, and a variety of minerals.

"Broccoli and other brassicas contain sulforaphane, a molecule that makes these vegetables worth every bite. In clinical studies it has shown anti-cancer properties and has been shown to help balance sex hormones. It also contains substances that help support healthy liver detoxification processes.

Dr Libby Weaver (Ph.D) is one of Australasia's leading nutrition specialists and weight loss experts based in Auckland, New Zealand. For more information visit


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